3 Powerful Reasons Why Joy is a Strength for Wellness

  • 24 March 2021
  • Angela Miccio-Harris

If you are trying to discover your calling, achieve a goal, or learn how to stop feeling overwhelmed, confused and get back to a sense of balance and focus, the important thing is to realize that you can do something about it.   Take practical, deliberate, and purposeful action.  Plus be aware of your inner emotional state and any negative mindsets or beliefs that are lingering.

Identify the source of stressors, triggers, and distractions.  Identify forward steps to tackle them head on instead of letting them control the pathway ahead for you, and your emotions.   Ask what is robbing me of “JOY”?   Do not bury or operate over the top.  Do not take on the lie “its OK” or “this is just who I am.”

Joy brings wellness and resilience

Joy is no luxury.  From Nehemiah 8:10, it isn’t optional either because our strength comes from joy, “the joy of the lord is our strength”.  That is what makes joy so crucial to you moving forward, free and living your life well.  It is time to shake of what hinders us, usually emotional wounds we have buried from our past. Also distractions, procrastination, and busyness and a lack of practical steps are what can trap us.   There are many tools and spiritual wisdom available, you just need put them into practice. Very rarely will things change just by chance.

The good news is — joy is one of the fruits of the spirit, so we all have it living inside us.  Our task is to ignite joy back into our life as it won’t do you much good if it’s not put into practice and lies dormant instead. If joy is something you’ve put on your spiritual back burner, it’s time to move it front and center to enjoy the benefits.

We know that operating from love is the foundation of every other “fruit of the spirit”, and now we’re moving into another “powerhouse” fruit, Joy, and you just can’t be without it to have victory. So, unless you want to limp along through life, you’d better focus on being joyful! 

Just so you know happiness and joy are two different things.  Happiness is dependent on outward events so is external, joy comes from within regardless of the externals.

Cartoon character in raincoat smiling joyfully despite stormy clouds in the background

Now, the world will tell you that joy is a rare and fleeting emotion that only a blessed few experience on a regular basis. Wrong!  It is not just a state of mind, Joy is a very real force.

1. Joy chases away depression

Trials will come – so we have to choose to be joyful, to intentionally cultivate and harvest it.

Focus on all the great things around you and that you have be thankful and grateful.
Find positive truths to focus on.
Get God’s word down into your spirit.

Joy is always within you, which springs out of Love from your inner being.

2. Joy keeps you healthy

Research shows that depression, anger, and stress are the cause of most diseases, including cancer, arthritis, heart disease and more. But a joyful heart does the following:

Lowers blood pressure.
Releases muscle tension.
Decreases stress hormones.
Boosts the immune system.

And those benefits are just a few! As well, your quality of life and relationships will be far and away healthier and more enjoyable. A joyful heart really does good like medicine. When you’re full of the joy of the Lord—it is your strength. Strength to overcome any trial, strength to live long, happy, and strong!

3. Joy helps you receive

Let us not forget it is Gods will for you to ask of Him “the desires of your Heart.” With this in mind check what is the posture in which you ask? Is it with a forgiving heart? Is it in faith? Is it with a Joyful heart? 

With that in mind, let’s see what a joyful person looks like:

Joy doesn’t complain or grumble about people or situations.
Joy is predictably happy every day.
Joy doesn’t crumble to self-pity at the slightest bit of negative news.
Joy talks back to difficult situations with affirmations and the Word of God.
Joy isn’t easily defeated but is empowered by the authority of Christ Jesus.
Joy is optimistic, not pessimistic or “realistic.”
Joy encourages and doesn’t tear down.
Joy is a pleasure to be around!

If something has been stuck between prayer and manifestation, one thing to do is set out to work on your joy (we all need to do this!). Seek to understand joy more, write down scriptures about joy, and read them every day.  Go on a negative word fast.

These are only three powerful reasons joy is such strength to us to live out from—and they are certainly not the only reasons! Don’t waste one more moment of your life being sad, feeling sorry for yourself or complaining. Joy is a force that will help you walk in victory and live the life you have always wanted to live!

Scripture verses taken; Mark 11:25, Galatians 5:6, 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, Proverbs 17:22

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About Angela Miccio-Harris

Angela is Speaker& Coach. Passionate about helping busy, motivated people who wish to live their best Life Now! with changes that lasts around actions or mindsets that last. She is strategic and goal focused with a range of tools in her toolbox that she can pull from. So you get things in place gain insight and are moving ahead, creating greater joy and satisfaction instead of staying stuck or frustrated with your life, well-being, finances or work. She is a Results Certified BBC Coach from the Neuroleadership Group and a qualified member of the International Coaching Federation. Take advantage of the wealth of experience she has to offer with her Complimentary 30 minute “discovery session” at www.angelamiccio-harris.co.nz email angela@thekingdomcentre.co.nz She works with clients throughout New Zealand via Skype or face to face.

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